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LEL Postgraduate Conference 2021

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Finally, just over a year after our mutual friend Covid-19 laid waste to my original PhD project, I will be giving my first poster presentation, this Saturday 10th June at 2pm, related to the first phase of my amended research project, studying the creation, negotiation, and resistance of language policy on (Northern) Catalan social media! I will be presenting the poster at the University of Edinburgh Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference 2021.

My poster is entitled: “You’re an enemy of Catalan”: an examination of authority positioning in language policing on Catalan social media, and explores the ways in which users of two Catalan-language Facebook groups, dedicated to restoring the purity and authenticity, claim, ascribe or deny positions of authority when engaging in or subjected to instances of language policing (or “corrections”).

You can find a more detailed abstract of this poster below. To find out more about the conference, or to register (for free!), visit: https://pgc.lel.ed.ac.uk/.

Talking about KEI so far in the Lothian Diary Project

Exchange Knowledge & Prepare for Impact Workshop

University of Edinburgh, Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities

Today I took part in a presentation organised by the University of Edinburgh’s Linguistics and English Language Knowledge Exchange office, entitled “Exchange Knowledge & Prepare for Impact”. It was excellent to have been able to talk about the various KE events that we have been involved in over the course of my one year as part of The Lothian Diary Project team.

The event was specifically targeted at linguistics PhD students and sought to demonstrate the ways that early career researchers could get involved in the crucial process of fostering knowledge exchange, and evaluating the impact of our research as social scientists. The event in itself was very illuminating, but it also served to remind me of just how lucky I have been to have been able to have this opportunity at this early stage in (what I hope will be) my academic career. In an otherwise bleak pandemic, my work with The Lothian Diary Project has been a welcome highlight.

If you’d like to check out what I was talking about, please feel free to check out my slides.

Lothian Lockdown

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From June 2020, I officially took on the role of Knowledge Exchange and Impact project assistant in Lothian Lockdown: The Lothian Diary Project. This initiative, run by a interdepartmental team of researchers at the University of Edinburgh, is investigating the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on people residing in Edinburgh and the Lothians. It hopes to do this by collecting video and audio diaries from people, explaining their experiences living through this strange time in our global and local communities.

It’s a really interesting project, not least of all because of the historical value that it has. We can really help to preserve a snapshot of what this pandemic was really like for people in ways that were impossible in earlier periods of history – like during the so-called Spanish Flu. Indeed, we are partnered with Museum and Galleries Edinburgh to form an archive of the data we received, so that our voices can be preserved for posterity.

If you want to find out more, or even take part yourself (and earn £15 for doing so!), check out our website: www.lothianlockdown.org, or contact us at lothiandiaries@gmail.com. You can also contact me directly using the contact page above!

A busy week!

Had my first ever academic presentations this week, first of all at the BAAL Language Policy SIG Forum 2019 and then at the University of Edinburgh’s 25th Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference.

Never been more nervous in my life!! But I was so fortunate to be surrounded by colleagues and friends, as well as to meet some fantastic new people at both!

New website!

Welcome to my new website! It’s a bit of a work in progress right now, but I’ll continue working on it in my free time over the next few weeks and try and get it properly up and running.

And, on this page, I’m hoping to share my thoughts on a variety of language-related phenomena, as well as interesting news articles, websites or events that could be of interest.

Watch this space! 🙂